COVID-19 update for Oct. 23-24: 649 new cases, 13 deaths | B.C. school boards told to determine their own vaccine policy for staff | Outbreak at North Vancouver long-term care home

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 23-24, 2021.


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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


As of the latest figures given on Oct. 22:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 200,898 (5,106 active)
• New cases since Oct. 21: 649
• Total deaths: 2,109 (13 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 365 (down by 12 patients)
• Intensive care: 143 (up by seven patients)
• Total vaccinations: 4,145,426 received first dose; 3,891,058 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 193,325
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 25 (Outbreak at Cooper Place has been declared over)


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Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s new vaccine passports

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday, Oct. 21, that Canada will have a standardized vaccine passport, with costs for the document covered through the federal budget.


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But while the vaccine cards for many provinces and territories are already compatible with the federal format, B.C.’s card — one of the first rolled out in the country — is not immediately compatible, and it will take some time to harmonize the two cards, according to provincial authorities.

When will the federal vaccine card be available and how do I get one?

According to B.C.’s Ministry of Health, the federal vaccine card will be available starting Oct. 30 and can be accessed the same way people access their B.C. vaccine card: Using the health Gateway, through the Ministry of Health’s website, by phone or by mail.

Will the federal vaccine card replace our existing one or will we need both (i.e., one for restaurants, one for travel)?


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According to Marielle Tounsi, public affairs officer with the Ministry of Health, B.C. will continue to maintain the provincial vaccine card for non-essential activities in B.C., such as restaurants and sports games, while also offering the new federal proof-of-vaccination card for those who need it to travel.

Read more HERE.

—Nathan Griffiths

B.C. school boards told to determine their own COVID-19 vaccine policy for staff

B.C.’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, leaving any final decisions up to the respective boards.

The ministry says the guidelines, which include gathering data and consulting with First Nations and employee groups, will help school boards encourage vaccination in their communities and determine whether a mandatory vaccination policy works best for them.


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The ministry says it will also work with schools, public and private, to make sure they have the tools and resources to support the process.

B.C. school boards told to determine their own COVID-19 vaccine policy for staff

VICTORIA — B.C.’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, leaving any final decisions up to the respective boards.

Outbreak at North Vancouver long-term care home

Vancouver Coastal Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Amica Edgemont Village after a resident and two staff tested positive for the virus.

Edgemont Village is a private care facility owned and operated by Amica Senior Lifestyles. The long-term care unit on the facility’s first floor is closed to new admissions and transfers and all group activities have been suspended. Visits to that unit have also been suspended except for essential care or compassionate visits at the end of life.


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13 deaths, 7 more patients hospitalized

B.C. health officials reported 649 new COVID-19 cases Friday along with 13 additional deaths due to the respiratory virus.

Of the new cases, 281 were people in the Fraser Health region, 61 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 88 in Interior Health, 130 in Northern Health and 89 in Island Health.

There were 365 active cases in hospital, a drop of 12 patients since yesterday, and an increase of seven active cases in critical or intensive care for a total of 143 patients. Since the start of the pandemic, B.C. has reported 200,898 cases. The total deaths are now 2,109.

Although no new health-care facility outbreaks were reported, a total of 25 long-term care, assisted-living homes or acute care facilities remain affected by the spread of COVID-19. The outbreak at Vancouver’s Cooper Place was declared over Friday.


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Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press



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